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Chris Coleman is the new manager of Hebei China Fortune and everyone is baffled

The former Wales Manager has had an unfortunate time since he left the national side last year

I can guarantee you weren’t expecting to read this today.

Chris Coleman has been named as the new manager of Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune.

The former Sunderland boss was released from his post at the Stadium of Light at the end of the season, after he couldn’t save the Black Cats from dropping into League One.


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Coleman suffered a tough spell at Sunderland

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Coleman suffered a tough spell at Sunderland

Coleman’s stock was at an all time high just two years ago, after he guided Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

The former Fulham Manager oversaw a successful six-year period in charge of the national side, after he succeeded the late Gary Speed in 2012.

Wales became everyone’s ‘second team’ during Euro 2016

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Wales became everyone’s ‘second team’ during Euro 2016

The Euros fairy-tale finally ended for Coleman and Wales in the semi-finals, after they were beaten by eventual champions Portugal.

Coleman resigned from his job with Wales amid rumours linking him with several club positions.


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He took over the reigns at Sunderland during a turbulent time and wasn’t able to stabilise the club.

Coleman had been without a club until the shock move to Hebei China Fortune was announced today.

The Chinese Super League side had been without a manager since Manuel Pellegrini left to join West Ham last month.

Coleman will now take charge of a Hebei China Fortune side that features the likes of, Javier Mascherano, Hernanes, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Gael Kakuta.

The only player to have been managed by both Pep Guardiola and Chris Coleman?

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The only player to have been managed by both Pep Guardiola and Chris Coleman?

It will be the third time that Coleman has coached non-English speaking players, after a spell with Real Sociedad in La Liga in 2007, and in Greece with AEL in 2011.

It’s a funny old game!

The surprise news has left everyone confused…


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